Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 15th day of April, 2019.

Well it seems to be calm outside this morning.

The exact opposite of yesterday.

The sky is clearing as the sun rises in the east.

Alvin is on his blue blanket as he rests while I write this post for my blog.

We had a busy but wonderful weekend.

We socialized, had some exercise, ate well, did some work around the house and yard, and even did some volunteer work.

Humphrey was with us on Saturday for most of the day.

My young girl friends came for coffee after Al’s Doctor/Vet visit on Saturday morning.

I raked, did laundry, made a big pot of chilli and tidied up around the house.

We had some wonderful walks including one with our friend S and Luna, the young labrador (lab).

Yesterday my daughter came for a visit and pancake breakfast.

We had a great time catching up with all of our news.

After the big breakfast and visit – I geared up to pick up trash in the neighbourhood.

I made sure to have extra disposable gloves, two big garbage bags, mini gloves and a coat with a hood and a scarf.

Once outside I decided to tie my hood up with the scarf which worked for a few minutes before the wind blew around my hood and took it down.

The wind was cold and so strong that most of the time I had to pick up trash a few times before getting it into the bag.

There were moments when I thought that I might be air borne.

Sometimes picking it up with my hand that was covered with the disposable glove.

I was almost home when I turned to see this whirlwind of dirt heading right for me.

Luckily I was able to turn and miss the face-on brunt of the impact.

Over the course of this walk one man even crossed the street to say “You are my hero for picking up trash.”

That was nice.

When almost at home I hear my name from one of my friends who was visiting at another friend’s house.

She said she did not realize it was me at first.

The wind had my hair all blown wild and crazy.

Between the scarf and my hair, I was unrecognizable.

I chatted for a moment before carrying one.

One thing to mention ….. my friend’s dog Jazmine was there and she took one look at me and turned away.

I even called out her name but she would have nothing to do with me.

Ah, I must have looked scary.

One more story.

Sometimes people drive me crazy.

I was coming around the bend toward home and this young couple crossed the street ahead of me heading to their vehicle, a truck.

When the girl got into the truck some fast food wrappers blew out.

I was right there and picked them up.

She saw this and said nothing.

How rude.

Anyway my hood is clean now except for the leaves and whatever trash blew in from elsewhere.

It was a productive weekend and Sunday.

YAY, me.

 

Well almost time to leave for work as my ride is coming early today.

I hope that you all have an awesome Monday.

Please remember that your trash is not for someone else to pick up.

Your trash is not to fill the oceans and kill the marine life.

Your trash is not meant to fill the yard of your neighbour.

Your trash is not meant to blow around parks and forests for the wildlife to eat and then slowly die.

You need to look around and be mindful.

Stop buying all those items with the multiple layers of plastic.

If we stop buying and start complaining then manufacturers will make changes.

We only have one planet.

Time to change.

This is the change that needs to happen.

Not just a change in government a change in how we live our lives.

I challenge you one and all.

What will you do?

 

Special Hello to: my friend V who was a busy girl this weekend and always (time to rest?).

Always, Caro & Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 2nd day of May, 2018.

Here we go.

Summer is only a breath away or perhaps two.

The sunrise is lovely this morning.

Still on the cool side but by afternoon and the time that Alvin and I go for a walk it is quite comfortable.

Perfect actually for a walk.

The geese have taken up residence by our ponds.

I love the geese except for the little bundles they leave on the sidewalk.

Soon they shall have their babies, goslings.

They are so cute.

But really, what babies are not?

All babies are cute and most are cuddly.

Perhaps I would not wish to cuddle with a baby alligator or crocodile.

Here is a photo from last June (2017).

Oh, they are so so cute.

Have to watch out for the babies, will not be long now.

Penny and Elton as pups.

They were so cute and we will miss them forever.

Alvin with his toys & the blue blanket was a gift from his foster parents.  MY BABY BOY.

A baby – calf

 

So many babies in our lives.

We are touched by them all.

Today I am thinking of renewal.

New life ….. babies of all descriptions.

Keep all of the little ones safe today and always.

Nourish them and treat them with respect.

 

Well here we go almost time to leave for work.

I hope that you all have an awesome Wednesday.

Alvin is starting to make laying on his blue blanket part of the norm, now.

Oh, my boy.

 

Happy Wednesday.

Special Hello to: all those parents out there – whether your babies are two or four-legged or many or none – all life is precious.

Always, Carol & Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 29th day of May, 2017.

Wow, what a glorious weekend.

There was time to socialize with family, friends and co-workers.

There was time to do some yard work.

There was time to relax.

Best Weekend Award.

Received email from my sister with details of trip to see me.

She is coming in August.

YAY.

I am feeling very lucky, grateful and blessed at this moment.

Alvin is laying on his belly just outside the office door looking at me as he always does.

Oh, me Alvin.

We had walks with friends this weekend and extra visits as well.

Both of us had a great weekend.

Although when he was alone during my visit to the ZOO – he may not agree with me.

So on this sunny Monday morning …… feel the gratitude.

Write it down.

Some days you may feel as though you do not have much to be grateful for but trust me everyone does …… there is a silver lining in each moment of our lives.

Sometimes you may just have to look for it.

Well time to put on the final touches (shoes) and go catch the bus to work.

I have packed some disposable non-latex gloves and a plastic bag so that I can pick up the trash on the walk way on my way home tonight.

There was quite a few coffee cups and McDonalds dishes laying about and I did not have a chance to go over the weekend.

Prepared I will be today.

Happy Monday.

Happy Monday.

 

Special Hello to: my sister ….. cannot wait for you to arrive.  I have not told Alvin or he would be waiting at the window for you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 9th day of March, 2017.

Another COLD morning here in Edmonton with a light frosting of snow overnight.

Just cannot get away from shovelling ….. oh well, it is great exercise.

I know that there are other spots that received more snow than we.

 

Well this week my thoughts seem to all about “CHOICES.”

It affects our life in every aspect and all of the time.

Whether you make good ones or bad.

It is all about choices and living with the result.

Now that being said I believe that from all of our choices we learn.

We all make bad choices….

There is no one on this planet that can honestly say that they only made good choices along the way throughout their lifetime.

Just remember what is bad or good for one person can be totally different for others.

So when you make those choices every day – do what is right for you within the law and morally.

Because we all know those people who think that committing a crime is right for them at that moment.

Not so.

 

I hope that you have an awesome Thursday.

I guess the most important thing to remember as we make those choices through each day over the course of our lives …. is to think before making a choice.

Even if you think that there is no time ….. there is a few moments to really ponder before making a decision or choice.

 

Did you smile at everyone yesterday?

I was thinking as I was riding on the bus ….. that perhaps one of the people that you gave a smile to was having a rough time and that small gesture of kindness make them feel noticed.

So when you think that simply a smile cannot do good …. think again.

Sometimes you do not have to say a word ….. it is all in the smile …… between your eyes and your mouth.

 

Special Hello to: my kids ….. you are the best.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 24th day of January, 2016.

Another odd looking sky this morning however this one is blue but not the kind synonymous with sunny skies …. but blue all the same.

Both Alvin and I are super happy because my daughter, his sister is coming for a visit today.

I am pancakes for us …… so will have to get on that right away ….

I like to have them made and in the oven keeping warm when she arrives.

 

The weekend seems to be zipping along as per usual UNTIL ……

Another speed bump in the flow of our lives …..

Yesterday  I noticed when I was drying a load of clothes that the inside of the dryer window was fogging over and then I could smell something burning.

So I quickly turned off the dryer and unplugged it.

I googled it to see if it was something that perhaps I could fix.

But it is likely better that I call in something familiar with dryers.

Could be lint or could be the motor.

Hopefully it is something that can be fixed and doesn’t cost a truck load of money.

Somedays it would be nice to be married to an electrician or someone handy with things.

Somedays I think I should go back to school.

If truly things happen in threes …. I am done.

 

On the up side, I won $5.00 on the lottery.

At least some extra money coming in …..

Guess I will have to get selling lots of tea ….. likely good incentive …. right.

 

Well enough woe is me …. I apologize …. just had to vent.

I do not wish my daughter to come into the house and first thing out of my mouth is the dryer …..

Thank you so much for listening – I appreciate it.

 

Have a great Sunday.

I am going to enjoy my day ……

Things will and always do at some point get better …..

I will always look to the positive.

Sometimes I have to take the time to mourn the negative and get it out of my system.

 

Special Hello to: my friends and family all over the world.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

P.S. I did manage to give Alvin quite a lovely hair cut and followed by a bath.  I noticed of course well into the evening that I missed a small patch on his one side … about 1 by 1 inch ….. otherwise his hair cut was a success.  I even managed to get his paws trimmed quite well.  All in my life ….. of course.

 

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday, December 15th, 2015.

Ten days until Christmas Eve.

A bit cooler here this morning but certainly not bad at all for this time of year.

Last night I was greeted my the delivery of my TEA ORDER.

YAY ….. so stayed up late putting the order together.

Today delivery ….

Most of the orders were from my office so that makes it easy.

My neighbour has graciously offered to drive me to my work so that I do not have to take it all on the bus.

Frankly, if it were the only choice …. it would take me four days to get it all to work.

Just not an easy task.

Well how are things?

Are you doing okay today?

Ten days away ….

I know I am so EXCITED.

 

Last night one of the two orders that were not from work was from a neighbour and friend down the street.

She has patiently been waiting for the order to arrive.

So I gladly delivered it and one hour later I was back home.

It would seem that I cannot go anywhere taking me a few minutes.

Just as I was leaving another friend and neighbour of ours dropped by.

Tis the season.

Poor Alvin I left him at home thinking I would be quick.

We did do a walk earlier but he loves to visit.

 

Well time to get this show on the road.

I hope that you have an amazing day.

 

Special Hello to: all those friends out there …. sharing their lives.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 15th day of April, 2015.

It is a glorious morning here in Edmonton …. sun is shining and I am on vacation for the rest of the week.

Today is the day that my daughter and son-in-law receive the keys to their brand new house.

The house … their home that they had a hand in designing.

So excited for them.

This morning was the second last morning with the trio of pups gathered beside me as I sat at the kitchen table sharing a banana with them.

As we shared the banana I told them this would be our second last morning of sharing a banana at Grandma’s house before they were once again living in their own home.

Kind of sad but happy as well.

I will miss this time we shared in the mornings.

Alvin will be sad not to have them here every day ….

The key hand over is this afternoon so once it has been done the kids will come and pick us up so that we can all go and see the new house.

I am so happy for them and EXCITED to see the new house.

Photos are great but not the same.

 

Last night was week two of the bootcamp that I have been attending with my friend “G.”

It was great.

I found that I have a “CORE” and it was on fire last night.

The first week I do not remember so much “core” work but last night we did.

At one point I could feel the muscles pulling and straining and the pain that followed.

It was a great workout.

So for the next few days I am going to work on my core ….. walking is not enough, clearly.

It was great finding my core and now I must keep it.

We tend to forget just how important our midsection is for our overall health.

 

Well time for a shower and then help my daughter with the last of the packing.

An exciting day and a sad one, too.

I will miss having them here but it is time for me and Alvin to resume our lives together.

At least now I am only working one job which gives me more flexibility with living my life.

I know that sounds silly but really when you are working six or seven days a week …. there is no time for relaxation and doing the things you need and want to do.

 

Well time for a shower and a cup of coffee.

I am grateful to be at home for a few days.

So nice.

I wish you a great Wednesday.

 

Special Hello to: family and friends.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 21st day of January, 2015.

WOW, it is Wednesday.

Seems like mmm Wednesday ……

Just being silly.

I think that is what Wednesdays should be all about …. being silly.

Cracking jokes ….. lots of laughter …..

What a great way to break up the week …..

Because we all know that Thursdays bring on Friday and that is the weekend.

Mondays are always Mondays just because it was just the weekend and no matter what …. it will be the first day back to work …

Now this is for all of us that work in a office Monday through Friday.

I do know about other weeks where the days all run together and weekends are just that when other people have time at home and with their families.

Perhaps taking a day trip or just kicking back and relaxing because they have two days for which they can clean and relax.

But for all of us who know both ways of work we do appreciate our days off and generally make the most of them.

My day off from both jobs is Saturday.

So I am very blessed because right now my daughter and her family live with me until their house is finished so she helps (actually does most of the cleaning).

On Saturdays my main task is laundry and anything to do with Alvin (vet visits, hair cut, baths), coffee with my friends and errands.

During the other nights that I am not working at the store I fill them with all of the other things that I like to do: write, jewellery, watching television ……. mmmm

Well sounds like it is almost time to go ……

The troops are rallying.

I hope that no matter how your week runs that you will consider making Wednesdays ….. SILLY WEDNESDAYS.

After all it is so healthy for us to laugh and enjoy our lives.

Unfortunately the realty of it is we work too hard.

Let us make the time to have some fun ….

Play in the snow.

Perfect time for us here to make snowmen with the snow melting.

Go for a walk.

Turn on some music and dance. Alone or with someone.

Happy Silly Wednesday.

Special Hello to: my sister ….. she always makes me laugh.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 15th day of October, 2014.

What a gorgeous day yesterday was …… sunny and warm.

Alvin and I enjoyed a lovely walk around the lakes in our neighbourhood.

So wonderful and peace.

That is what we all need is peace.

Peace in our relationships.

Peace in our place of employment.

Peace within ourselves.

Peace in our everyday lives.

There is so much chaos in our lives.

We need to find that peace.

We need to live that peace.

The peace is positive.

Positive is always good.

Last night that walk was just what the “Doctor” ordered.

Also I had a phone call from a dear old friend.

Someone I have known for over 40 years.

We shared current news.

We supported each other.

We laughed.

It is always good to have those conversations.

I felt so good after that call.

I would say that last night was a great evening.

So find that peace and live in it.

Have a great Wednesday.

Special Hello to: my all my friends new and old ….. you are the best.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day….

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 3rd day of July, 2014.

This moment shall not pass by my way again!

Isn’t that a fun/strange thought.

Just popped into my head.

So why not with that thought.

All to often we wish our lives away.

“Oh, I wish it were Friday.”

“Or, I wished it was lunchtime.”

“I wished I was on vacation.”

But if we take advantage of every single moment …… then you will always be right where you are to be ….

So on this slightly overcast morning …. by the way I am so grateful for the cool breeze last night ….. me and Alvin slept so comfortably with the window open.

I see the sun peeking through the clouds.

It is time to put the finishing touches on getting ready for work.

I hope that you have a safe, dry, warm, sunny, happy Thursday in this moment and on.

Happy Thursday.

Special Hello to: my fellow human beings.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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